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Norma Jean Stangle 1927-2015

LAWRENCE- Norma Jean (Wagner) Stangle, 87, of Lawrence and formerly of Russell, Gorham and Ellsworth, passed away Sunday, March 1, at the Brandon Woods in Lawrence. Born Aug. 14, 1927, she was the daughter of E.M. "Bake" and Hulda (Dauber) Wagner.

March 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Betty Joyce Abel 1925-2015

HUTCHINSON - Betty Joyce (Kerbs) Abel, 89, died March 5, at Good Samaritan Center, Hutchinson. Born Nov. 12, 1925, at Oits, she was the daughter of Leonard E. and Hannah (Brack) Kerbs. She was a member of Otis United Methodist Church and Eastern Star #104 receiving her Gold Certificate representing 50 years, and Liberal Lyons Club. Betty and Walt were owners and operators of Abel Dirt Construction Company in Liberal for over 20 years.

March 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Gary Linn Mundhenke 1941 - 2015

HUTCHINSON - Gary Linn Mundhenke, 73, died March 4, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 8, 1941, in Great Bend, he was the son of Elbert and Kathleen (Porter) Mundhenke. He was a 1959 graduate of Ainsworth, NE High School and graduated from Kansas State University, with a degree in Nuclear Engineering, in 1964. While at KSU, Gary was the Student Body President 1963-64, Chancellor of the Student Tribunal, member of the Blue Key Honor Society and Farmhouse Fraternity. Following graduation from KSU, he worked for IBM where he was twice named to the "Golden Circle" for being in the ...

March 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


William Lorin “Bill” Janssen 1949 - 2015

William Lorin "Bill" Janssen, 65, died March 7, at his home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 28, 1949, in Beloit, he was the son of William Franklin and Treva (Peters) Janssen. On Nov. 1, 1986, he married Shirley Smither Larson in Great Bend. The long time resident of Great Bend had been a private contractor for the United States Postal Service. He enjoyed bowling, golf, softball, sporting events, and above all, he treasured his time with his grandchildren.

March 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Martha Moore “Marty” Dickinson 1961 - 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Martha Moore "Marty" Dickinson, 53, died March 7, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Oct. 12, 1961, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Robert, M.D. and Bernice (Mitchell) Moore. On Sept. 12, 1981, she married Michael Kent Dickinson in Hoisington. A resident of Oklahoma City, Okla. since 1990, coming from Augusta, she was a homemaker and an x-ray technologist.

March 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Sherry A. Karpe 1943 - 2015

ELLINWOOD - Sherry A. Karpe, 71, formerly of Liberal, passed away on March 5, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Oct. 8, 1943, in Tulare, Calif. she was the daughter of Marvin and Elizabeth (Brownfield) Bell. On Feb. 2, 1967, she was united in marriage to Lawrence H. Karpe in Perryton, Texas. He died on Feb. 2, 2001. The couple lived in Liberal, where Sherry worked as a cook for the Golden Derrick restaurant in Liberal for many years. She enjoyed fishing and spoiling her grandchildren.

March 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Shawn Adams 1967 - 2015

Shawn L. Adams, 47, passed away on March 6, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 20, 1967, in Omaha, Neb., she was the daughter of Richard Olsen and Carol Street-Propst. She was employed at Rosewood Services as a horticulturist. As an avid gardener, she enjoyed working in the greenhouse and volunteering her time at the local Farmers Market.

March 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Virginia Ruth Adams 1924-2015

HOISINGTON - Virginia Ruth Adams, 90, died March 6, at her home in Hoisington. Born Oct. 23, 1924, in Oklahoma, she was the daughter of Harry and Elon (Seaborn) Mills.

March 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


John R. Keenan 1940-2015

John R. Keenan, 74, died March 5 at Autumn Hills Retirement Home, Riley. Born May 16, 1940 at Great Bend, he was the son of Russell S. and Mareeta Ann (Rohrer) Keenan.

March 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Dr. Satti Satyanarayana 1935-2015

WICHITA - Reddy, Dr. Satti Satyanarayana, 79, died Friday, March 6. He was born March 14, 1935 on a rural farm in Agraharam in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. He had six other siblings.

March 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Barbara Beth Adams 1923 - 2015

Barbara Beth Adms, 91, died March 4, 2015. Born April 22, 1923, in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of Wilbur Floyd and Hilda Leola (Christiansen) Bryant. On Oct. 11, 1946, she married Harry Hugh Adams in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend since 1946, coming from Ellinwood, she was an office clerk for the State of Kansas Agriculture Office and was a homemaker. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend.

March 05, 2015 | | Obituaries


Lorraine Mary (Matza) Rickert 1936 - 2015

ELLINWOOD - Lorraine Mary (Matza) Rickert, 78, died March 4, 2015, at her home in Ellinwood. Born on April 8, 1936, in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Brungardt) Matza. She graduated high school from St. Mary's school in Garden City, attended the Immaculate Conception Convent in Great Bend, and also graduated from the Wilcox Beauty Academy. She later married Larry Rickert on May 9th, 1963, in Holly, Colo. She was a 52-year resident of Ellinwood, where she worked as a beautician.

March 05, 2015 | | Obituaries


Henry C. ‘Hank’ Vette 1925-2015

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March 05, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ella Mae McCandless 1930-2015

ST. JOHN - Ella Mae McCandless, age 84, passed away March 4, 2015 at Leisure Homestead, St. John.

March 05, 2015 | | Obituaries


John R. Keenan

GREAT BEND – John R. Keenan, 74, died March 5, 2015 at Autumn Hills Retirement Home, Riley, Kansas.

March 05, 2015 | | Obituaries


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Hilda Chakir 1916 - 2015

Hilda Chakir, 98, died April 7 at River Bend Assisted Living in Great Bend. Born April 8, 1916, in rural Barton County, she was the daughter of Gustav "Gus" and Matilda (Liese) Kasselman. On Aug. 19, 1939, she married Theodore Richard "Dick" Griffith in Great Bend. He died on April 25, 1977. She then married Norman William Chakir on March 10, 1981, in Miami, Okla. He died on Dec. 30, 2012. A lifetime resident of Barton County she was a homemaker. She was a former 4-H Leader, and enjoyed her family, quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and going to dances.

April 08, 2015 | | Obituaries


Cora Sue Murphy 1961 - 2015

HUTCHINSON - Cora Sue Murphy, 53, passed away April 5, 2015, at Hospice House of Reno County, Hutchinson. She was born on July 2, 1961, in Great Bend, the daughter of George Morrison Sr., and Faye (Miller) Morrison.

April 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Terry Barber 1941 - 2015

Terry D. Barber, 73, passed away April 4, 2015, at Kansas Heart Hospital with his family by his side.

April 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Barbara K. Robel 1943 - 2015

MANHATTAN - Barbara K. Robel, 71, died April 4, 2015, at Wroten House of Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan. Barb was born July 13, 1943, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Charles and Ruth Swinney. In 1957, the family moved to Valley Center, where Barb attended Valley Center High School and graduated in 1961. The friendships she formed during these years would last a lifetime. Barb chose to attend Kansas State University, where she spent time as a resident hall assistant and switchboard operator. After her sophomore year, she joined the Delta Zeta sorority in 1963, as part of the sorority ...

April 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Mary Jane Wells 1925 - 2015

Mary Jane Wells, 89, died April 4, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Dec. 16, 1925, in Fort Scott she was the daughter of James L. and Lillie Mae (Chambers) Parker and was later adopted by Ruth Chidester Noggle. She attended school in St. John and later in Russell, where she graduated from in 1943. On June 1, 1943, she married Wayne Ingalls Grippin. They later divorced. She then married Joseph B. Wells. He died on June 5, 1999. A resident of Great Bend since 1992, coming from Russell, she was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, crossword puzzles ...

April 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Merlin Thomas Stang 1948-2015

ELLSWORTH - Merlin Thomas (Thom) Stang, 66, passed away March 26 at his home in Ellsworth. Thom was born to Albert and Anita Stang on August 7, 1948 in Marysville. He was raised in Victoria and was part of their graduating class of 1966. Thom was drafted and served the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, Texas. In 1972, he married Ruann Kuntzsch. He completed training and was certified in printing at Salina Area Technical College.

April 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kathryn M. Busch

WICHITA - Kathryn M. Busch died Monday, April 6. She was the daughter of George and Zoe (True) Yarbrough.

April 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Richard A. Poage 1940 - 2015

THAILAND - Richard A. Poage passed away in his sleep at his home in Thailand on Jan. 23, with his companion by his side. Born on Sept. 6, 1940, in Great Bend, he was the son of Marion and Irene Poage. Born and raised in Great Bend he worked in the oilfields, like his father, from the age of 17 until retiring from offshore drilling 10 years ago in Thailand. In 1960, he married Sheryl Wheat. They divorced in 1964. In 1968, he married Vicky Campbell while working in Scotland. The divorced in 1975.

April 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


Walter Ray Simonson 1926 - 2015

MARSHALL, MO. - Walter Ray Simonson, 88, died Feb. 24, 2015, in Marshall, Mo., after an illness of several months.

April 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kirk Dean Auston 1958 - 2015

Kirk Dean Auston, 56, passed away March 29, 2015.

April 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


Arlen Clark Davidson 1947 - 2015

LEAVENWORTH - Ret. US Army Sgt. 1st Class Arlen Clark Davidson, 67, passed away March 30, 2015, at his home. Born July 9, 1947, in Great Bend, he was the son of Clark and Anna Marguerite (Green) Davidson.

April 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Leona Winterlin 1931 - 2015

HAYS - Leona Winterlin, 83, formerly of Hays, died Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the Sterling House in Great Bend. She was born in 1931 in Shickley, Nebraska, the daughter of Dan and Elsie (Birkey) Roth. She married DeWayne Winterlin on Aug. 21, 1954, in Iowa City, Iowa. He died June 20, 2000. She attended Wheaton College and Moody Bible Institute. She was an LPN and worked as a nurse at the University of Iowa Hospital and later at nursing homes in Kansas.

April 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


William L. ‘Bill’ Titsworth 1949 - 2015

GREAT BEND - William L. "Bill" Titsworth, 65, died March 30, at Hays Medical Center.

April 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


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